applying after a mis-diagnosis of bipolar

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I am thinking of applying for the reserves.
many years ago I was wrongly diagnosed as being bi-polar. I saw a doctor once for an hour who asked for a retrospective history of my mood. I then had a 15 min telephone conversation a few days later. I explained the I had had a few down periods in my life where I required anti-depressants and this was following the births of my children. I am free from any self harm, hospital admissions or overdoses etc. I have since been informed by 2 separate health professionals, one who specialised is postnatal depression and one a clinical psychologist that I don't have bi-polar and that these 'depression' episodes were a symptom of pregnancy and are not likely to have been bipolar at all.
I work as a nurse, and I am an ACF instructor, I have not had any problems being accepted into these roles and I have not had any problems fulfilling these roles.
If I am able to get a medical report showing that my previous diagnosis was in error do you think I could be in with a chance of passing my medical?
I don't want to apply if there is no hope really.
I spoke to a recruitment officer recently who told me that post natal depression is considered a 'symptom of pregnancy' and is not usually regarded as a mood disorder etc for military exemption purposes as long as you have had 3 year clear of any symptoms.
what do you think? am I dreaming??
 

StBob072

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I spoke to a recruitment officer recently who told me that post natal depression is considered a 'symptom of pregnancy' and is not usually regarded as a mood disorder etc for military exemption purposes as long as you have had 3 year clear of any symptoms.
what do you think? am I dreaming??
If this is the case, then go for it, but don't expect anything to happen quickly!

Good luck.
 

Goatman

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Have you a role in mind ?

And have you asked yourself whether you want to deploy on ' extreme camping' ops?

As a former Reservist, I know that for most people, doing the 'dayjob' in uniform is about the last thing that appeals - but as a nurse you have valuable skills which are in demand.

If you do decide to use those skills in your Reserves role, have a careful discussion with serving reservists as to which of the three Reserve services would give you the most fun !

As a ACF instructor it may seem that the Army Medical Services is a natural fit.

But it might be worth you having a chat with an RAF nurse and QARNNS before you make a final decision.
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LMA Kate Nesbitt, Military Cross Op Herrick

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Cpl Sarah Bushbye, Military Cross Op Herrick
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RAF Nurse Flt Lt Vanessa Miles , MERT Afghanistan 2009


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On the Naval side @Ninja_Stoker can probably put you in touch with QARNNS

From first-hand observation there is considerable variation in how qualified Nurses are regarded by the three Services.

Oh, and if the experience of Telic/Herrick are anything to go by - you WILL be deployed.
Fill yer boots - you'll have a ball :-D

Goats
( 9 years Royal Naval Reserve, 8 years TA)
 
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Goatman

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Sound...it will make a difference to your pay whichever way you decide is the best fit for you.
Good luck - and keep us posted.
 
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